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to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes that attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan 9/11 families gather at a park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning in shanksville, pennsylvania where united 93 flight crashed, michelle obama and laura bush will honor a ceremony to honor the passengers that fought back. plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013, but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and a memorial that will inspire people around the world. >> and always remind them never to forget. president obama also signed a probleming clamation making september 10th through 12th national days of prayer and remembrance, calling on americans also to set aside time to volunteer. amy. >> and now here's carl
prevented the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is raised from beneath the gulf. now investigators can finally get an up close look at why it failed. >>> hitting the trail, with congressional democrats facing tough challenges in the upcoming mid term elections they've called on t white house for reinforcements. it's not the president they're asking for. >>> and the heiress, a half billion dollar fortune, a reclusive elderly woman who hasn't been seen out in public for decades and questions about what's happening to all that money. today, sunday, september 5th, money. today, sunday, september 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. we didn't just skirt hurricane earl here in new york city. it has been one of the most beautiful weekends we've had to date. >> yeah. in our case the storm mustered in good weather. >> great weather. >> we should have that nonstorm -- storm m
and attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan, 9/11 families gather at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning, it as has now become tradition, the names of victims will be read and four moments of sigh hence will mark the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice president joe biden is attending the ceremony along with city and state leaders and first responders. at the pentagon, president obama delivers remarks and participates in a wreath laying ceremony. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama along with former first lady laura bush attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who fought back. meanwhile plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the center piece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013. but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the ground zero rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a
. the heat is still coming back at us. we do have patches of fog along the coast, that's the only place you will notice a little cooling today. even then we're only cooling to the 70s. a nice afternoon along the beaches. yesterday we were in the 80s at the beaches. notice it's a little cooler but still a nice day there. mid and upper 90s in the warmer spots there and tomorrow a bit warmer. summer, but now things are heating up. still hot over florida with readings around 90s. 60s and mid 70s here. >>> a megachurch will give its pastor a chance to address the church for the first time since allegations that he lured young men into sex with gifts and travel. ron? >> reporter: good morning. these allegations have stunned this congregation of 25,000 members, especially in light of eddie long's silence. silence he's breaking today. >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. >> he's used to having audiences hang on his every word, but today it's likely to be wrapped with tension like never before. he was sued in court by four former members of his church and satellite church for pressuring them
way. that reporter is sharing her si of the story with us in a live inrview, today, tuesday, si of the story with us in a live inrview, today, tuesday, september 14, 2010. captions paid for nbc-universal televisi matt this morning. p the attempt the attempt t of sarof sarahp of sarah s br but thbut thep bubur saidandrp plive in teheranp > > invnop not from excitement, he actunop not from excitement, he actuall p nursnurse watchingp r exclusively. oing tr gg intense r y ttway to y to frewa correspondents. d ria, good morning. the shourd family trying to win her release. trying to get the bail, $500,000. they're waiting to see but the are some signals that she could be released at any time. they're hoping for that to happen. >> the discussions about this potential release. the discussions about the would-be mosque near ground zero. what's that done in the political climate where you are? >> it's really added to the tension here, the ai-american spirit. and, in fact, if the government needed any excuse to try to drum up more anti-american fever, you can see the state-owned newspape
two weeks ago. >>> nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us. >> reporter: the voters that voted for the first time in 2008 for the president, a lot of them are young, we're going to see the president on the campus of the united states of wisconsin at madison. there will be 100 companion watch parties, really drawing a page from the '08 playbook. if democrats can turn out some of these voters, it might make a difference in some of these key races. they're really trying to generate enthusiasm. in an interview the president said it would be inexcusable for democrats to stay on the sidelines this election. rahm emanuel widely expected to run for mayor in chicago. looks like that will happen and we could get an announcement as early as friday. the issue of course is who would replace him, would it be an interim chief of staff or will the president go ahead and name a permanent replacement. so definitely something to watch this week. >>> today a senate panel holds a summit on safety after an explosion that killed sen people. >>> southwest is buying air transfer $1.4 billion
chairs. there's also an important warning to parents of newborns who use popular sleep positioners to keep their babies in place at night. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. but this is ridiculous. the all glass facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray at the hotel's pool that is hot enough to melt plastic. one person at the pool said he had his hair singed from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with torrential rains and the threat of flooding on the east coast. the weather channel's jim cantore is in wilmington, north carolina, with more. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. something we haven't seen in a while, drizzle. we've had about a third of our normal rainfall we have in a year in just three days. 20 inches of rain, and you can see how high the water got here. traffic is moving now, but this is the debris line, these pine needles and leaves and whatnot because the water rose very quickly. let's take y
in there. he was looking for us. once he discovered we were gone, i guess he went the other way and i thought i'd lost him. but fortunately i seen him pop up on the back of the street on the other side, we came up two opposite streets, so -- >> let's make the point, everybody in your home got out safely, and that's very good news. tell me about this house, though. this was your parents' house. i know that you grew up there and moved back in after your mom passed away. >> yes. >> had just remodelled it? >> right. >> what was it like to see it in flames? >> heart-wrenching. it really was. it was hard to watch. but the main thing is my intermediate family got out. the other things can be rebuilt and other things can be, you know, replaced, but you can't replace family members. >> where are you going to go from here, bob? where are you going to stay? >> oh, i got wonderful friends, wonderful friends that have offered homes for me to stay in, cars to drive. a friend of mine, bert, offered me a house to stay in and gave me a truck if i need it. we're staying with some wonderful friends, dav
.n. the president of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with his controversial comments about 9/11. this as two americans remain in his jail. this morning, the one hiker who was freed, sarah shourd, speaks out in her only live morning show interview. >>> and back behind bars, lindsay lohan faces a judge this morning after failing a drug test just three weeks out of rehab. and she could be headed right back to jail today, friday, and she could be headed right back to jail today, friday, september 24th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. this morning, residents in parts of wisconsin and minnesota are bracing for another round of flash floods. >> really heavy downpours over the last 24 hours or so and they've prompted officials to issue evacuations, even activate the national guard in some towns. we'll get al's forecast coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> and the latest ton actor that appeared in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" who's now been found
/11. this despite condemnation from the obama administration and the top u.s. general in afghanistanl in afghanistan. we have more from carrey. good morning to you. >> reporter: this church has at most 50 members, but the pastors say his actions speak for more than his worshippers and he is not going to be deterred. he is pushing forward with the plans to burn the islamic holy book, the koran. more than 7600 miles away from afghanistan, it took only a few clicks to find terry jones's likeness and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community cente
. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a g
trigger other evacuations within the watch and warning areas. >> give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right, i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift to the west. >> when you talk about a sudden shift, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to land? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here, this shows you the win shear as it goes across cape hatteras. in that area it's hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. of course you'll have tropical storm force winds al
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurricane warnings in effect still for the northern half of the coastline of north carolina. we also have tropical storm watches and warnings all the way up to new england. hurricane warnings for parts of new england as well. the big problem is going to be the storm surge. not so much the rain. it's going to be the storm surge, anywhere from two to four feet of storm surge, some areas picking up five feet of storm surge, but make no mistake, rainfall is still going to be an issue. we're talking about rain that could be anywhere from two to four to six inches, some areas picking up seven to ten inches of rain, especially as yo
. >>> but let us begin this morning with that strong storm system that's causing a lot of problems down in florida this morning. the weather channel's jim can torre is in ft. lauderdale. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: and good morning to you, too, matt. we've already had about 1 to 3 inches of rain. we may see a few rainfall records slip by the wayside. the good news is, so far, that rain has come at a steady enough pace where it hasn't caused too many flooding problems. but that may not be the case this afternoon as the storm gets a little bit closer to us, maybe gets a little more organized. we could see more of that heavy rain move through. and it's really at the time of these rain bands where we get 1 to 2 inches of rain where we could see the street flooding, and that's what officials are telling people. watch out. when that water starts ponding on the roads and these pumps and canals can't handle all this, this is where we'll have tie-ups on a lot of these roadways. so far, so good. it hasn't been a heavy rain event so far that we can't handle it, but as we go on through t
and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community center that will be multifaith with separate prayer room for muslims, christians, jews and other faces. he is planning a multifaith memorial for the victims of 9/11 and insists he is sympathetic to the families. let us commemorate of anniversary of 9/11 by pausing to reflect and meditate and tone down the rhetoric that serves to strengthen the radicles and weaken beliefs and our values. moderate muslim americans say the protests and the threatened koran burning signal a growing intoleranc
glad hurricane earl did not do anymore damage, but i could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tol
anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and e controversy over the proped islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you shouldet me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries ishat the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against amicans. >> rorter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the ia, wch sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two leading experts on speinspectio teams. >> reporter: they are under pressure
to the two other americans still jailed there? this morning, their mothers join us for a live interview. >>> and zapping the fat. two new devices promise to help give people better-looking bodies without needles, injections, or exercise. can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, september 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. christine o'donnell virtually unknown just a few weeks ago, but this morning she's officially the gop's candidate for the senate seat vacated by joe biden. >> o'donnell is now the sixth tea party candidate to win a race this year. but this morning, some are saying her win could actually be a costly blow to the republican's hopes of reclaiming control of congress in november. why? we'll explain. and we'll talk to christine o'donnell about her victory, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, for the first time, we're hearing from the connecticut doctor who was the o
holt. the two of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. >>> then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. >>> plus an nbc
. that reporter is sharing her side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, september 14, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" this tuesday morning, i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm carl quintanilla in for matt this morning. we are following breaking news out of iran. sarah shourd released from the prison where she's been held since last july. >> it comes after months of intense negotiations. an emotional morning for shourd's family as well as the families of the two men being detained. what led to this morning's sudden release and what will happen to the other two hikers? andrea mitchell will join us live from tehran. >>> the alarm wag more teenagers are getting high. it's called robo tripping. it involves common cough medicines and could soon force you to get a prescription just to buy them. we'll get details on that just ahead. >>> plus, a high school football player's heart races as he scores the game-wing touchdown. not from excitement, he was actually having a heart attack
: he's used to audiences hanging ones i every word. today eddie long's congregation is likely to be rapt in attention like never before. members of his church and a satellite church in north carolina allegedly pressuring them into sex after they reached the legal age of concept. >> manipulation starts at 14 or 15 so basically they are indoctrinated into this man and then he goes forward with the next phase. so the law may not recognize that as child molestation, but manipulation of someone like this and abusing the pastoral relationship this way is not consent. >> reporter: long avoided the public spotlight, issuing messages through a spokesperson and his attorney who read a statement on a nationally syndicated radio talk show. >> let me be clear. the charges against me and new birth are false. i have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. but my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. >> reporter: debate on air and online has been passionate on both sides with the motives behind the lawsuits taking center stage. 20-year-old maurice ro
anything. >> meredith. >> beth holloway's attorney is with us. >> hey, meredith. >> this came as a total surprise to you as well, she never told you she was going down to peru? >> she had already been down there a couple days before i knew she was there. >> why wouldn't she tell you? you're her lawyer. >> i've been her lawyer for five years. she knows i'm very cautious. i think she knew if she asked me what i thought, she might not like the response or ir would ask her to think about it a little more. >> you would have advised her not to do it? >> i think she made up her mind to do it and she didn't want to hear anything to the contrary. >> what did she tell you she was going to do there? what was she after? >> she said she went to see joran, she didn't give me any of the substance of what she was going to talk about, the purpose or how she was going to accomplish this, she just wanted me to know that she was down there so i could get her back if something happened. >> this is a maximum security prison, how did she get in there with a dutch television crew? >> i have no idea. >> you don'
fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care to fight because the stakes are too high for your country and for your future and i'm going to get out there and fight as hard as i can and i know you are too. >> reporter: the democratic national committee is spending $50 million to get obama '08 voters to show up in 2010. the latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the race for congress tightening, republicans know hold a three-point lead over democrats among likely voters, down from a nine-point lead last month. the president's approval rating still stuck at 36%. in a backyard conversation with voters, the president fielded questions on everything from the economy to his faith. >> you know, i'm a christian by choice. my mother was one of the most spiritual people i knew. but she didn't raise me in the church. i think also understanding that you know that jesus christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings. >> reporter: meanwhile a shake-up looms here at the white house. the chief of staff rahm emanuel could be gone within days to run f
, the glen david andrews band. they've been with us in jackson square this morning. we appreciate them sticking around. a lot of people are going to be pouring into this square throughout the day, the evening. >> there's going to be a lot of stuff going on. >> no question about it. all part of a kickoff for the pro football season. you can watch the game, right here on nbc. i'm matt lauer along with al roker here in a steamy new orleans. we've got ann and natalie back in new york city. ladies, good morning. >> good morning. i think we're both a little jealous, between the beignets, and the -- i won't say the cheerleaders -- but certainly all the great music. you look like you're having a lot of fun. >> it is a blast. as you can see, they've broken into the chant of who dat, who dat. we're going to have much more ahead coming up in this half hour. >> plus we're in a party mood, and you want to talk about tailgating. this is the tailgate city. we're going to do a little tailgating with our good buddy john. he's going to show us how to tailgate new orleans style with a little jambalaya, a
york city. expected to be in the comfortable mid 70s. happy to have so many great fine folks joining us this morning. from okeechobee, florida, very nice. here with us this morning. natalie morales in for carl quintanilla. matt is under the weather. we heard it yesterday. struggling with it. >> took him out of commission today. >> better get back. okay? >>> coming up on this half-hour, more on the story at the center of an nfl controversy. ines sainz was allegedly subjected to cat calls by the jets. now a harassment investigation is under way this morning. she's going to be here to tell us what she says happen and tell us her side of the story coming up in a little bit. >>> also this morning, joey's diet sos. we hear so much about the whole grains and the benefits of the whole grains. what are the benefits of including them in your dietment a diet. and brewing questions about green tea. is it as good as they say for you? you have little ones as home? i have 1-year-old twins. for one, new york family life is more than busy. it's nuts. sextuplets, 22 months old and a 9-year-old. the whole
prison. beth holloway's attorney speaks out to us in an excluve live interview. >>> an why would she do it? that washington state woman who claims a random attacker who threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," september 17, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith viera. wild weather here. >> i was in my apartment on the phone, it looked like it was 10:00 at night, it got pitch black, the wind started ed tee. >> it was like coming down in sheets. it was like being in a car wash. >> hurricane force winds ripped roofs off of houses one woman was killed when a tree crashed on to her car. we're going to have much more on this storm and the damage it left behind in just a couple of minutes. >>> a toddler trapped under icy water for more than 20 minutes when he was finally rescued. his hearwas not beating. nearly an hour later, he was brought back to life. coming up we're going to meet that boy and talk to hi
-price toys and high chairs and a warning for parents of newborns who use popular sleep positioners. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. this is ridiculous. the facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray tha is hot enough to melt plastic. one pers at the pool said he had his hair cinched from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with tore ren sal rainsnd threat of flooding on the east coast. weather channel jim cantore is on the east coast. good morning. >>eporte good morning. if i said we set three and four and five day rainfall records, that probably doesn't mean much but when i put the numbers on it, we had 20 inches of rain in the last four days. here comes the rain again. we had enough of break this morning the waterseceded a little on this road. you can see the water line. it came up another two feet when we got the period of heavy rain. that's what we're worried about. when these periods of heavy rain come in, will they produc
city do an amazing job, but there needs to be a balance in terms of us doing a better job in terms of evaluating teachers, also management doing a better job in terms of saying let's help train teachers up and if they can't do the job, don't let them have automatic tenure. >> there's a new movie out called "waiting for superman" it wa paints a dismal picture of education in this country. teachers unions are set up to protect their members to the detriment of learning, why is that an unfair assessment. >> i could go through it factually, i don't want to do that. this is what i was concerned about about that movie. there are thousands of public schools in the united states of america that do a great job. should we all be doing a better job? absolutely, yes. i saw your interview with the president yesterday, matt, i agreed with everything the president said, we all have to do a better job, the mayor is right, the global economy is really different. schooling is different today than when you and i went to school. the thinking skills are things that all kids need right now. the bottom l
that used the word for the ocean roiling. i never heard that term before. but this ocean has been roiling since we got here. >> reporter: and roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of north carolina needed to declare a state of emergency. >> people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it's just going to come close to our coast, we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in a blink of an eye, it changes. >> reporter: the last big storm to hit north carolina, hurricane isabel in 2003, killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the eastern u.s. >> between the personnel, the vehicles, and also four warehouses fully stocked with blankets and food and water. the red cross is ready. >> reporter: while earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above. >> the strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. just unbelievable view of the planet. you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds. >> reporter: and, of course, the question is, where is earl going? we've go
farewell. then as the cameras rolled, he slowly came back to life and the whole family is with us for an exclusive interview today, friday, september 3rd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today." it's 7:00 a.m. on this west coast morning. they are looking at west coast time and that is cape hatteras in north carolina. i'm matt lauer. >> pretty rolling out there. i'm ann curry in for meredith. good morning, everybody. here on the east coast, as you were mentioning, earl has >> this morning the storm's outer bands stretch from north carolina all the way up the coast into pennsylvania andp ne jersey. fortunately the eye has so far remained offshore. that's good news. >> top winds are 105 miles per hour. it was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight, so, so far the storm surge has been minor and the flooding minimal. cape cod and nantucket are in its sights and are expected to get hurricane-force winds later today. >> we've got the storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker. he's in
protests in tehran, trying to exploited anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran and the controversy over the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on what he calls a zionist conspiracy. >> translator: we believe there is a minority in the united states and they are zionists. they have no religion. they believe in no religion. >> there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of elite what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro, your old friend, fi dell castro, criticized you for your comments about israel and -- >> translator: i need to talk, to speak. >> excuse me. >> translator: i think you should finish first, and then you should let me explain. >> speak. >> translator: what you see in islamic countries is what the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against americans. >> we see no evidence that there is any such zionist con spour si. >> reporter: he was eq
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